The Difference Between Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter

The Difference Between Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter

From a legal standpoint, manslaughter is, “the unlawful killing of a human being without any malice aforethought.”

What that means is that something you did resulted in the death of someone else. What separates it from other types of murder charges is that you didn’t actively think you were going to do something that would trigger their death. There was zero premeditation.

What is Manslaughter

Manslaughter, which is sometimes referred to as voluntary manslaughter, happens when the court rules that the victim provoked you. A perfect example of this is if you’re at a bar and someone is harassing you. If you decide you’ve had enough and punch your heckler and they die, that’s manslaughter.

You didn’t plan on murdering the person and their actions provoked the attack, but at the ...

Tips to Help you File your 2020 Tax Return

Tips to Help you File your 2020 Tax Return

Yes it’s only February and your 2020 tax return isn’t due until mid-April, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore that tax season is officially here. The last thing you want to do is wait until a few days before the deadline to file. Turning your thoughts to your tax return now and creating a plan to help you prepare them reduces a great deal of tax season stress.

The key to keeping your stress levels low during tax season is creating a plan. Create a list of specific tasks that need to be completed and determine when you’ll do them. You’ll be amazed how much a solid plan of attack smooths out the process of filing your 2020 tax return.

Gather Your Paperwork

The paperwork you need to have on hand before you’re ready to start preparing your tax return includes:

  • W2s
  • Documents that...

Choosing a Good Bail Bonds Agency

bail bonds in alameda

When you need help covering your bail, you want to work with a family owned bail bonds business that will help you through this difficult time.

The problem is that if you have never been arrested it’s difficult to know which bail bond agency you should choose. The good news is that there are some things you can look for that will help you make the right decision.

Ask for Recommendations

Yes, you want to get out of jail as quickly as possible but that doesn’t mean you should call the number that is scratched into the wall of your cell. You want to deal with a reputable California bail bonds business. Instead of asking your fellow inmates for suggestions, talk to the people who now. Your lawyer should have a few names...

Selling Real Estate Without a License

Selling Real Estate Without a License

S
elling real estate seems simple enough. Someone wants to sell their house. You know a few people who would be interested. You agree to act as a broker between everyone. Considering that people sell houses as “for sale by owner” all the time, what can possibly go wrong.

Yes, it’s possible that this could turn into a good deal for everyone, it can also go horribly sideways. While state laws do allow you to sell your house without the aid of a real estate agent, you’re not allowed to step in and act as a broker for another person unless you’ve been properly licensed by the state.

Getting a real estate license in California isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require some commitment on your part...

Witnesses Testifying in Court

Witnesses Testifying in Court

Court is one of those places that everyone would like to avoid. Most people say that as long as you don’t commit a crime, you don’t have to worry about going to court but that’s not true. You can abide by every rule in the book and still witness a crime. If the case goes to court, you will too. Or do you?

Many people aren’t clear on what their legal options are when they’ve witnessed a crime.

Reporting a Crime

There are some crimes that people in specific professions are legally required to report. For example, if a teacher witnesses child abuse, the teacher must report the situation to the authorities. Surprisingly, these situations are an exception. The average person isn’t required to report a crime.
According to section 11165.7 in the Penal Code, professionals who have to ...

California’s Leash Laws

Californias Leash Laws

Owning a dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures. No matter how bad your day is, it’s nice to know that when you get home you’ll be greeted with joy and love.

While owning a dog is wonderful, there are also many responsibilities connected to owning a dog. One of the things you must be aware of is California’s leash laws. Failing to obey the leash laws can result in both you and your best friend running afoul of the law.

The first thing to understand about leash laws is that they can vary from one city to another. This means that anytime you take your dog for a walk in a new area, you should spend a few minutes researching the local leash laws. The good news is that while there are some differences, the general concept is the same...

Jail vs. Prison

Jail vs. Prison

W
hen you read through different crimes and the respective punishments, you’ll likely notice that some carry a prison sentence while others carry a jail sentence. When you’re on the right side of the law, the distinction between the two doesn’t seem like a big deal, but that changes once you’ve been charged with a crime.

As someone who fighting charges that could result in an incarceration period, you would far rather go to jail than to prison.

The majority of the population uses the words “jail and prison” interchangeably because they don’t understand how big a difference there is between the two. Yes, both are secure facilities. Yes, when you’re in either one, you’re ability to act independently and do whatever you like is curtailed...

How to React After Witnessing a Crime in California

How to React After Witnessing a Crime in California

F
ollowing the rules and never committing a crime doesn’t mean you’ll never find yourself embroiled in California’s legal system. Every single day, good people just like yourself find themselves getting questioned by the police, sitting through interviews with prosecutors, and attending trials all because they witnessed a crime.

If you witness a crime in California, this is what you should do.

Your first priority is taking care of yourself. The way you react depends entirely on the type of crime you’ve witnessed. If it’s a fender bender, you’re probably not in any danger. On the other hand, if you’ve witnessed someone’s murder, you need to do whatever it takes to keep yourself alive...

Ignoring a Subpoena in California

Ignoring a Subpoena in California

A
subpoena is a written order that says you have to appear in court. This is usually handed to you by a lawyer or an official the court has appointed. Subpoenas can be issued for both criminal and civil court cases. Once you’ve received a subpoena, you have no choice but to appear in court. Failing to do so can trigger some serious legal consequences.

The California legal system has three different types of subpoenas:

  • Witness subpoenas-Compels you to appear in court to testify
  • Deposition subpoenas-not only do you have to appear and testify in court, you also have to bring specific documents, which you’ll likely be questioned about, with you
  • Subpoena Duces Tecum-requires that you provide specific documents that pertain to a current court case...

What Happens When you Bounce a Check in California

What Happens When you Bounce a Check in California

We all make mistakes. One of the mistakes that many of us have made at one time or another is not checking our account before writing a check. As a result, the check bounces and you face a series of problems.

The good news is that in most cases, the consequences of writing a bad check aren’t horrible. The person/business you wrote the check to contact you. You’re embarrassed but cover the amount of the check plus whatever fee the business attaches to the returned check. There’s also a chance that your bank will charge you an overdraft fee. Once you’ve covered all of these costs, you can stop worrying about the matter and get on with your life.

In some extreme cases, the legal system gets involved.

Check fraud is covered by California’s Penal Code 476 PC...